Auditory-Verbal Therapy (AVT) is a type of specialized therapy provided by a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS) where listening is the primary means of language acquisition for children with hearing loss. AVT is based on the principles of early amplification and early intervention, and follows age-appropriate developmental milestones. AVT views the child's daily routines, activities, and family/caregivers as essential components of their language learning environment.
Who Is Eligible?
This type of therapy is for all children with hearing loss and their families who are committed to a listening and spoken language (LSL) approach for their child. Any child with a mild to profound hearing loss who is appropriately-fit with hearing aids or cochlear implants can participate in this therapy.
What does Therapy Look Like?
Parents and/or caregivers participate in weekly therapy sessions with their child in the clinic. They will learn auditory-verbal therapy strategies and techniques and will brainstorm with the therapist various ways to provide carry-over into the home environment.
"The most important step after providing your child with access to sound through hearing aids, cochlear implants or both is to begin listening and spoken language therapy. Although your child is hearing sound, he or she still needs to learn to understand the sounds by learning to listen and then to translate that sound into spoken language. This type of therapy will help your child learn how to hear and speak." (AG Bell, 2020)
Shannon Weynand, MS CCC-SLP, LSLS Cert. AVEd is a speech and language pathologist as well as a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist (LSLS). Shannon grew up in the Charlotte suburbs and earned her Bachelor of Science in Linguistics as well as her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at Chapel Hill, Shannon spent two semesters training under the guidance of the Children’s Cochlear Implant Center at UNC. After graduation, Shannon worked in a unique integrated environment at The River School in Washington, DC, which placed children with hearing loss from preschool to third grade in classrooms with typically developing children. There she provided both parent-coaching through auditory-verbal therapy as well as push-in therapy for the children with hearing loss in both the preschool and school-age classroom settings. For the past two years, she has worked in a private practice setting with children with a variety of speech and language delays. In addition to collaborating with families, educators, and audiologists, Shannon is especially passionate about spreading the knowledge of LSL principles around the world and has helped train educators in India with Ending All Roads to Silence (EARS) as well as in Vietnam and Mongolia with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss.
In 2019, Shannon sat for her LSLS Exam and earned the designation of Auditory-Verbal Educator (AVEd). As part of her certification, she logged over 900 client hours working with children with hearing loss and their families.
Shannon is licensed to practice speech therapy in both North and South Carolina.
Shannon currently lives in Charlotte with her husband Bryan, son Robert, and their slightly crazy Australian Shepherd.
Do you think your child would benefit from Auditory Verbal Therapy?
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